Transportation Safety Zone – September 5, 2017

Thank you for visiting the The Transportation Safety Zone Newsletter. We hope you find the information useful. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the information contained here, or any other Safety and Compliance questions.

CVSA Brake Safety Day:

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, is Brake Safety Day, an enforcement and compliance campaign where law enforcement agencies across North America will conduct inspections on large trucks and buses to identify out-of-adjustment brakes, and brake-system and anti lock braking system (ABS) violations as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Air brake Program. This year’s Sept. 7 Brake Safety Day follows up on CVSA’s May 3, 2017, unannounced Brake Safety Day and replaces the seven-day Brake Safety Week campaign from previous years.

For more information on Brake Safety Day, please visit the CVSA web site at CVSA Brake Safety Day.


ELD Mandate to take effect December 18, 2017:

The long awaited ELD mandate is on schedule to go into effect on December 18, 2017. As of now, there are no further pending appeals that would prevent the event. All but a very select few types of trucks are required to have an ELD solution installed and operating before the “Go Live” date, and there are no signs of any grace periods being given.The latest data shows that there are currently 98 approved Self Certified ELD vendors. It is our suggestion to all Motor Carriers that they have their solution chosen and installed sooner rather than later. Those that wait until the last minute run the chance of their chosen solution being unavailable/on back order, and then having to settle on a different vendor. We have been in contact with, and testing some vendors solutions for the past 18 months and will be providing our findings by the end of September to those who want or need the information.

Random Drug & Alcohol Testing:

In late 2015, the FMCSA released data showing that positive drug testing results were at their lowest in over a decade, and reduced the mandatory 50% test rate down to a mandatory 25% test rate for controlled substances. Alcohol testing rates remained at the current 10% rate. In mid-2017 new data was released showing that positive drug test results are again on the rise, and have reached the highest levels in more than 5 years. With this news, we are anticipating notice of the testing rates to be increased again in 2018, and we will have more information posted here as it becomes available.

Fall is arriving ….:

And that means more kids out in the mornings and afternoons, and SCHOOL BUSES! Please always be aware of the school buses and exercise more care when traveling on any road that may have bus traffic.

Driver Safety Meetings:

The D.O.T. and FMCSA both like to see company’s that are pro-active in their Safety and Compliance Programs. Holding a driver safety meeting is one way to show this. Remember that Carrier Consultant Group is available to assist with safety meetings, either at your location, or we have some safety topics that can be provided as an online meeting. Contact us for more information.